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VMworld 2010 diary: Wednesday and Thursday

Eric Siebert shares his final thoughts on VMworld 2010 and looks forward to VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas.

Read the Tuesday edition of Eric Siebert's VMworld 2010 diary.

Despite my weakened state, I managed to deliver a great session to another fully packed room at VMworld 2010 on Wednesday morning. Afterwards, it was off to the VMworld bookstore for a signing of my new book with Simon Seagrave, Maximum vSphere.

Later on that evening, it was off to a private vExpert party at the St. Regis Hotel with CTO Stephen Herrod and many of VMware's product managers and developers. It was great to talk with all those guys and my fellow vExperts in a relaxed social scene. Thanks to VMware's John Troyer for arranging the great event.

Finally, it was off to see INXS at the official VMworld party; while a lot of fun, it's always kind of a damper for me, because it signals that VMworld is just about over.

Thursday I hung out in the Solutions Exchange for a while before recording a VMworld edition of our vChat podcast with Simon Seagrave and TrainSignal's David Davis in the bloggers lounge. Afterwards I said my goodbyes to everyone, and it was off to the hotel to pack and then head to the airport.

Overall I thought the conference was fantastic. If you didn't have a chance to attend this year, make sure you find a way next year, when it will be back in Las Vegas. The biggest attraction for me is the opportunity to network with others, and I did a great deal of that.

What really impressed me was how freely available Herrod and CEO Paul Maritz were during the show. I was talking to some folks down in the VMware booth, and Paul came by and was just hanging out there, talking to people. I saw him and Stephen around several times during the event.

VMworld 2010 was the most well-attended and exciting VMworld to date. VMware got its cloud message out pretty clearly, and the company now finally has a product that ties together all the cloud features that already exist in vSphere. The addition of the new vShield stuff also adds the missing security layer, which is critical for cloud computing.

I look forward to seeing VMware's continued innovation at VMworld 2011.

About the expert
Eric Siebert is a 25-year IT veteran with experience in programming, networking, telecom and systems administration. He is a guru-status moderator on the VMware community VMTN forums and maintains, a VMware information site.

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